Raise is a raise is a raise.<quoted text>
So then again, using your logic and argument and so eloquent use of a dictionary to define "raise" and not "pay raise" would you not agree that a large majority of teachers have not had a pay raise in two years,versus the one you keep claiming?
If your pay is more than it was before you got a raise.
The market of supply and demand will ultimately decide who gets what.
In our instance the princes and princesses of the ball are the special education teachers, they make more than everyone regardless of years of seniority.